Which QB should LSU fans want Tigers to start in 2018?
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Joe Burrow report
LSU fans received the news they wanted on Friday when Ohio State graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow announced his intention to play out the remainder of his eligibility at LSU. A former Mr. Football and Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio, Burrow was a 4-star QB from Athens High School in Ohio before spending the last three seasons backing up Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett at Ohio State.
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By adding Burrow, the Tigers now have four quarterbacks to choose from for 2018. None has ever started a college game, but Burrow is the most game experienced of the bunch with 39 attempts and 2 touchdowns as a college passer. Besides him, LSU has returning veterans of the competition in Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse and Justin McMillan. Brennan was the Tigers backup as a freshman in 2017 and attempted 24 passes with a touchdown and 2 interceptions, while McMillan has 1 pass attempt in three college seasons and Narcisse redshirted in 2017.
Bringing in Burrow is a sign that LSU felt it could improve its quarterback room. Whether that’ll be achieved by making Burrow the starter or by using the addition to motivate Brennan, Narcisse or McMillan has yet to be decided. Now graduated, Burrow should be available to start working with the team when summer session begins, meaning he’ll have a full summer to learn Steve Ensminger’s playbook and find a rhythm with his teammates.
With the Burrow news fresh, I leave this up to you, LSU fans: Which quarterback do you want to start for LSU in 2018? Be sure to submit a vote in the poll below and we’ll discuss your answers in Bayou Bengal Briefing on Tuesday.
Rest In Peace
LSU legend Billy Cannon passed away at his home early Sunday morning at age 80. A star running back for the Tigers in the late 1950s, Cannon helped lead LSU to a national championship in 1958 and won the school’s only Heisman Trophy in 1959.
Support and respect poured LSU’s way after Cannon’s death. Here is a smattering of some of the praise and honors Cannon was given Sunday:
- Athletic director Joe Alleva salutes Billy Cannon
- Current and former players and prominent figures remember Cannon’s legacy
- Tennessee Titans organization mourns loss of Billy Cannon
Checkin’ in with the ‘croots
Burrow wasn’t the only standout in the world of LSU recruiting during the weekend. In case you missed anything, here’s a recap of the weekend that was:
- Priority RB target John Emery Jr. inching closer to decision
- News from the recruiting trail: Southern Lab
- Tigers in great spot for pair of 4-star running backs
- Latest updates on the 2019 recruiting class
In LSU softball news
Despite a close loss Sunday afternoon, the No. 11 LSU softball team advanced to the Tallahassee Super Regional next weekend by winning the Baton Rouge Regional over in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette. The Tigers will match up against Florida State next weekend, needing two wins to advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
LSU defeated Florida State in the Tallahassee Super Regional a year ago, setting the precedent for this happening. In case you want to relive the regional victory from this year, be sure to watch the video below:
In LSU baseball news
The LSU baseball team lost two out of three games against Auburn on the road over the weekend, finishing the 2018 regular season with a 15-15 SEC record. Sitting still at league average, LSU qualified for the SEC Tournament as the No. 8 seed, setting the stage for a matchup with Mississippi State in the first round of the tournament on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. CT.
LSU played Mississippi State in Baton Rouge earlier this season and took two out of three games from the Bulldogs. Expect sophomore left-hander Nick Bush to start for the Tigers, as he went unused last weekend at Auburn. For more info about Tigers baseball, be sure to check out Out of The Box, SEC Country’s weekly LSU baseball column, at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, May 21 is National Waitstaff Day. So, if you go out to dinner, be sure to tip your waiters and waitresses. They work hard and they deserve it.
Especially if they’re cool. And more competent than this guy:
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